How different could our world be if the first act of violence was committed by a woman? What if Cain and Abel were sisters? “Cain and Abel were the two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain was the first human born and Abel, the first human to die. Cain slayed Abel out of jealousy over… Read more.
Any one who saw Lally Katz’s super-gorgeous Stories I Want to Tell You in Person heard about her writing of Neighbourhood Watch, and will be thrilled that the MTC have brought us that Belvoir production. Like most of Lally’s work, it’s personal, dreamy and so dark that that you’re never sure if you’re wiping away tears of heartaching recognition or… Read more.
Michael Gow – perhaps best known for his 1986 play Away, an English-class syllabus staple – is set to come back to the Australian stage with his first new play since 2007’s Toy Symphony. And you can find him at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre. Once in Royal David’s City, directed by Eamon Flack (last year’s spectacular Angels in… Read more.
There are some news stories I remember years after the event. Like some 2004 reports from Palm Island, off the Queensland coast, when a man died in police custody and when the subsequent coroner’s report stated that his liver had been almost cleaved in two in an altercation with a police officer, Senior Sargeant Hurley…. Read more.
I’m Your Man is a show created and directed by Roslyn Oades. For 18 months Oades followed around a promising up and coming boxer, Bill ‘The Kid’ Dibb, and documented his quest for an IBF World Title Belt. This piece of headphone-verbatim theatre is a culmination of all her research into this dynamic world. As… Read more.
It’s classic for a reason: The timeless Hamlet, the enduring human tragedy, one of Shakespeare’s best works, is like a beacon to every new generation of theatremakers. This time, it’s Simon Stone’s chance to turn the skull over in his hands and drop poison in the king’s ear. For Stone’s first time directing Shakespeare (can… Read more.
With rumours starting just last week, it has now been confirmed that Melbourne Theatre Company will produce the hit Broadway musical Once as part of their 2014 season in partnership with John Frost, Phil Bathols and the producers of Once USA. MTC will also produce the world premiere of Pennsylvania Avenue the next collaboration between… Read more.
Belvoir Theatre this week announced its season for 2014 and here are our picks from their sensational line up of plays for the new year. From humble origins Belvoir has grown to be a part of the national professional theatre scene and is often custodian of the zeitgeist, producing material bold in its vision and… Read more.
I fell in deep fuzzy love with the Apocalypse Bear and Lally Katz's writing in 2007 when the bear appeared in a short play set in near Kew at fortyfivedownstairs. My love was affirmed at the Melbourne Festival in 2009, when writer Lally Katz gave him a trilogy of hilariously dark wonders in Apocalypse Bear Trilogy. He's also in… Read more.
It’s a rare thing for actors to be given the kind of gifts they’re given in Tony Kushner’s seven-hour epic Angels in America. Over the course of the two sprawling parts, Millenium Approaches and Perestroika, some actors are given several vastly different characters, whereas others stick mainly to the one. It’s a work where each… Read more.